Sunday, August 05, 2007

Fragments of Time - Part II

Time moved slowly on Saturday. A one hour trip to Modesto turned into three plus hours. Not unusual but it ended up being spectacularly unproductive.

We had learned last week that the lady who specialized in small dog adoptions would be at PetSmart this weekend. She is usually there more than once a month but she is routinely there on the first weekend of every month. So off Krista and I went to PetSmart after my Jenny weigh-in.

Oh, I don't think I've mentioned it but Don and I agreed to Krista getting a small dog. You have no idea what a big deal this is. It's right up there with the same sort of discussions you would have with your 9 year old child who is begging for a puppy. Of course, this child is pushing 23 but the script was pretty much the same with the added fillip of adult negotiations added to the discussion.

Suffice it to say, we are soon to be invaded by a small dog (not a puppy) and definite one from a rescue center. Brenda, the lady at PetSmart (and who never showed up - hence the waiting) runs a rescue service specializing in small dogs. Her cat rescuing friend, Stella, WAS there however, and we learned that Brenda was second honeymooning with her husband AND she lived in Turlock. Well, heck. How convenient is that since WE live in Turlock.

So - anyway - we are still small dogless but while there the local greyhound rescue group arrived for their weekly meet-up and I got a chance to wander around PetSmart taking pictures of birds and other small creatures. Turns out this was not legit but I DID stop when the policy was 'splained.

Greyhounds on alert. They see more friends walking in their direction.

Much excited sniffing and wiggling and greeting ensues.

Krista makes a new friend.
Personally, if I were in the market for a dog, greyhounds would be high on my list. They are mild mannered, very calm and loving, and aren't much for barking. Not to mention their incredible gracefulness. Yes indeed, Don. Greys would be very high on my list. Not a lapdog but totally acceptable. Hmmmmm - someday.

My walk through PetSmart introduced me to this little guy. He was happy, shiny, and friendly - definitely a satisfied customer.


Star said...

We were at PetSmart today also, looking for a filler/scoop for our thistle feeder.

No dogs (we looked) but several cats from the local shelter. We'd love to have a pet, but since we are both gone from at least 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (and more if we have errands), we just don't feel it would be fair to the animal. Maybe someday...

trailbee said...

A rescued greyhound is on the top of our list when we move. Thanks for the photos.

nonizamboni said...

I'm really enjoying your 'Fragments of Time post & photos.

Congrats on the weight loss this week and the creative dispensation of that delicious lookin goodie.

Thanks for stopping by. . .have a good week.

Mary Timme said...

Congrats on getting a dog. We got our cat from a shelter and she is now a handsome lady with lots of loving in her. We'd miss her terribly if we didn't have her.

Bimbimbie said...

.... the Italians have a smaller size greyhound, simply called Italian Greyhound *!*

Naturegirl said...

This post truly made my heart sing!!
I am so pleased about ~the talk~ before gong to get the little dog.
Big or small they come with a great deal of responsiblities and it is a 12-15 yr comitment depending on the type and age of the pet in question.
Oh those greyhounds do melt my heart!
I must comment on that ~sweet smiling puppy too!
Good for you your dedication to weigh ins!! hugs NG

Carmen said...

Very lovely post Annie!
Very truthful comments!
I live in a house ful of pets.
They need you just as you need them ;-)

Autrice DelDrago said...

We love our retired racer, Sami. He is a lap dog, as gentle as a snowflake's kiss. They are generally very well behaved and quiet pets. So many are destroyed simply because people do not stop to think of them as companions.

We also have an Italian Greyhound (and IGGY) and if I were to choose which was more mellow and behaved, I would pick the retired racer.

Not meaning to toot my own horn, but if anyone is interested, please feel free to click on these two links for more information on greyhounds:
Greyhound racing from the dog's perspective.
More about greyhounds and a listing of adoption groups.